In this episode, AJung Moon talks with Julie Carpenter, who recently received her doctorate in Educational Psychology from the University of Washington, having written her dissertation on the interaction between military Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) personnel and the robots they use in investigating suspicious objects and rendering explosives harmless – primarily PackBots from iRobot and TALONS from QinetiQ. More generally, Julie is interested in emotional attachment issues in human-robot interaction, and how it affects user decision-making in collaborative, sometimes stressful, situations.
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Google revealed it is working on developing humanoid robots that will automate daily tasks, on the heels of Amazon announcing a new drone-delivery program. The moves indicate that automated delivery services, and perhaps much more, could be on the horizon.
Aside from launching a range of new phones, building its latest operating system and even setting up a barge off the coast of San Francisco, Google has been stealthily building a robotics empire. Over the past six months Google has bought seven technology companies that each specialise in robotics or automated systems.
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